OUT OF seven instalments, he won the inaugural night race in 2008 and again in 2010. He was also twice on the podium—third in 2009 and second in 2011— and never finished lower than fifth.
Something about the Marina Bay Street Circuit brings out the best in two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, and the Spaniard is hoping to put in another performance here to lift the sagging spirits of McLaren.
Ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, the storied British team are struggling in one of their worst seasons in five decades, collecting a total of 17 points out of a possible 300.
But the Spaniard believes like similar slower tracks in Hungary where he scored 10 points, and earlier in Monaco, where team-mate Jenson Button picked up four, Marina Bay will give them another opportunity for a decent outing.
He knows the demands of the circuit and added: “The characteristic of the track and the driving style required on it is quite good for me, and I have been lucky to be in the right place at the right moment. I’ve had good results here and, hopefully, we keep that average.”
But the 34-year-old said that while they can get some result in the Singapore street circuit, the reality is that car has also made strides.
“The car that we arrived with in Monaco was not very developed and the one we have now is a little bit more prepared. So, even if the Marina Bay is the third lowest-power effect circuit, the McLaren package is more ready and I think we have a good opportunity in front of us to be in the points,” he said.
“We didn’t have many opportunities this year to be in the points and, hopefully, we don’t miss this one.”